Infinite Sacrifice

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Maya's shocked to discover it's not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones, all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in ...

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Overview

Maya's shocked to discover it's not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones, all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor's wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most, and worries that she hasn't learned all of heaven's most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983911111
  • Publisher: Rock Castle Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Pages: 282
  • Sales rank: 818,979
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I'm a details person, what can I say? I love the tiny details of

    I'm a details person, what can I say? I love the tiny details of a story that make it complete. Infinite Sacrifice is about all those small details, so I was in heaven!

    When L.E. Waters contacted me for a review, I was supremely intrigued by the blurb. Reincarnation will always fascinate me, then she succinctly pointed out out that one life involves vikings. Now, they are Dane's not Norwegian, but vikings are vikings so I was even more interested. With that said, I was mildly hesitant only because I wasn't sure how all the lives were going to be combined into one soul without confusion (that's what I get for reading reviews prior to reading a book, I usually read them after I've read the story because I don't like going into a book with preconceived notions). I was wrong to be hesitant, so very wrong!

    I was quickly entranced by the writing style as I partook in this unique, fascinating adventure. L.E. Waters captures scenery and dialogue with such ease that it's easy to picture in your head, everything rolls naturally. No stilting, no rushing, no forcing. There are a lot of details to take in as we visit four of Lazrina's (soul name) lives, but I found those details to be easy to keep track of (see, preconceived notion that it would be confusing). It wasn't confusing in the least, but then again, I pride myself on having an eye for those kind of details. Any small details, really. Also, L.E. Waters graciously supplies a chart at the end of each life to help the reader keep track of who was who within those four lives. It also helps that we visit each life one after the other without unnecessary spacing. It helps keep the people, or rather their souls, fresh in the readers mind. It also helps that each soul has at least one thing that helps identify them with each new life. You'll see once you read the book.

    The concept was well-crafted, tightly woven together so there weren't any gaping holes. Everything fit together perfectly, like matching puzzle pieces. I cannot even imagine how much time went into Infinite Sacrifice, between the researched history and piecing together the lives of not only one person, but the supporting characters as well. It's really four mini stories rolled into a bigger story where everything ties together to make a compelling tale about the lessons a soul learns throughout their existence. I loved piecing together the tiny pieces to figure out who was positive, negative or neutral, but all influencing Lazrina's soul.

    One of the best parts is that L.E. Waters delivers history in a factual sense. She didn't romanticize it, which I greatly appreciated. She wrote about the ways of each life, never masking the ugly with pretty words to disguise the harsh facts. If you betrayed a law, you were killed. If you were a slave, you were owned, with few (if any) sympathizing with you. If you were a female, you had no power, often judged by who you married, owned by the man you married. The harsh realities of history were in your face, and I liked that!

    If you enjoy history, read Infinite Sacrifice. If you enjoy reincarnation, read Infinite Sacrifice. If you want a unique, one-of-a-kind story, read Infinite Sacrifice. Or how about you just read Infinite Sacrifice? It's an absolutely amazing story! And, lucky for us, Infinite Devotion (the second book) is already out!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Great for a series-starter, interesting premise, and hooked me well enough to get me to buy the sequel.

    Most of the time, when I've seen "Free" next to a book's cover image, I've been subsequently disappointed by the content (or lack thereof) beyond that point. However, Ms. Waters has done a fairly good job of crafting a story that held my interest, even though I wasn't too sure I was going to enjoy it based on the synopsis. Having read most of the book at this point, I can honestly say I found the plot interesting, the premise intriguing and fresh, and the book itself got me interested in the series enough to put down the $4 to buy the sequel. Good show Ms. Waters, good show.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

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    Can't wait to start reading the Sequel!! Brought to you by OBS

    Can't wait to start reading the Sequel!!

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie

    This was an amazing journey that I literally couldn’t put down. I wasn’t sure about reading a book about Angels and heaven. I’m wary of things that are too “preachy” but this book is probably the furthest thing from that. I started reading at 9:00 pm and didn’t put the book down til I was finished at 4:00 am.

    Maya has arrived at the pearly gates to discover that she’s not anywhere NEAR where she thought she was. She meets her spirit guide who explains to her that she’s got a couple things she needs to do first. Like understand what her lessons to learn have been and truly understand them.

    To see the journey of a soul through time and continents was beautiful. Through a series of 4 short stories we discover that Maya’s soul has been a priest, a slave, a mother and a well-to-do wife. Her soul has learned painful lessons on love and sacrifice from every experience and made her who she is now, but is she done? What more could she possibly need to know before reuniting with the ones she loves in eternal bliss? We saw 4 incarnations of her soul and know that there are at least 5 as she is now Maya, but we learn nothing of her life as Maya.

    Waters has spent countless hours researching the eras she writes about. The writing was amazing. I was transported throughout the world and had vivid images of the settings of all the stories. I was moved to tears in more than one story. In the end I didn’t feel preached to at all, but I did have a completely different perspective on what the afterlife might be like. I have to read Infinite Devotion (book #2) immediately!

    This review and more at openbooksociety dot com

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    Terrific historical fiction

    Never have I been one to prefer historical fiction, but this fantastic series has opened my eyes to the possibilities! Not only is it well written but its like a collection of short stories with a crew of wonderfully developed characters that follow it throughout. I never thought I'd enjoy this book as much as I did, but do yourself a favor and invest in this story. It's well worth it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    AWESOME! Not the overused version, like great and awesome power.

    Great book, great concept, great tying the mini-stories together
    ... And this was just book 1!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2011

    First class works of historical fiction

    Am I having another morphine dream? Did I slip into a coma? Where am I? Interesting start to a book about Lazrina/Maya, who finds herself dead and speaking to her spirit guide Zachariah. She has four lives reviewed in this book; Ancient Egypt, Sparta, Ireland/Viking Invasions and England at the time of the Black Death. About the research done on these time periods; I found them to be very accurate in their overall appearance, which made the stories that much more interesting. I am a bit of an ancient history buff and the culture and life styles of the times represented appear to be well researched and accurate. The author provides a short bibliography at the end of the book, and I recognized some of the titles and was pleased that the author used recognized historians for her research. It made the fiction that much more realistic and appealing. Very well done! I also did appreciate the little tables at the end of each chapter that showed the associations between the characters of one story and the next. It did help to keep the continuity for me, the reader. The disappointment came in the Epilogue. First, the stories ran out, and after reading the Epilogue, I was not really satisfied with the ending. The Epilogue is actually a philosophical discussion on reincarnation, its applied purpose to the story as seen by the author, and the author¿s religious philosophy. After the buildup of the stories, the Epilogue was flat. As we all see the meanings of life and death differently, I would like to have seen a brief discussion between Zachariah and Lazrina/Maya as to how this applies to the story, not the full philosophical discussion that followed. And some kind of plot buildup into the next book would have held my interest a lot more. I assume Erna, who is spoken of in the Prologue and Epilogue, is her daughter. Finn? I would have liked more of a teaser to keep my interest, something to tie the next book into this one, other than a sneak peek at the next book. A cliff hanger would have been more welcome. At least it would have given me a reason to move to the next book. I have to give the book a 4 star rating, as I really liked the stories and appreciated the research and the story plot concept. The characters are well developed. The short story plots are interesting and carried out quite well. The tables are good; I can see the connection from one story to the next. But the ending of the book was a bit disappointing. I expected some kind of wrap up or tie in plot and segue to the next book. To her credit, the author did a really good job on editing and formatting the book. The only issue I found was with the black box that appears before each chapter in the Kindle version. I am sure it was supposed to be a graphic of some kind, but it translated only into a black box. The overall editing was excellent, and the formatting is very good. Any little formatting issues did not distract from the book at all and if there were any editing errors, I did not notice them. I also appreciated the bibliography at the end of the book. I found the stories to be first class works of historical fiction. If the author could find some way to transition from book to book, tie them all into maybe a larger plot, it would add to the story. While I appreciate the authors attempt to clarify her point of view on how reincarnation fits into the whole scheme of the universe, I would rather have had more story and less philosophy. I like my fi

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    What a read

    So enjoyed every word. A book you want to go on forever.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    A definite must read!

    Very intriguing!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2013

    Enjoyed

    Premise and plot intriguing ... will read next installment

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Wicked good

    I really, really enjoyed this book. I was certain at the end of each life that the the next life could not possibly be as good but was delighted to find that I was wrong. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    Imaginative and sweeping in scope

    I was very impressed at the idea and the scope of the story. The idea that one reviews ones previous lives before going on to the next level enchanted me. The stories are very well written and effortlessly draw the reader in.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2012

    Infinite Sacrifice is the first book in the series by L.E. Water

    Infinite Sacrifice is the first book in the series by L.E. Waters and the premise is fascinating. Waters clearly did her homework as she takes Maya through the ages in various forms. What you read is true to the time, and it shows. You know you're in Egypt when Maya is in Egypt. The writing is clean and direct with very little flourish. Historically, she is spot on and should be commended.

    The book deals with reincarnation and Waters offers her own feelings on the subject through her characters, flushing them out, trying to dig through the 'what ifs' as Maya tries to decide whether or not her journey should end, or if she should continue the path. I enjoyed the stories within the story and the guides at the end of each story were helpful.

    I would have given 5* had it not been for a few issues I had when reading the book. I felt both the prologue and the epilogue were unnecessary and took away more than they complimented. After reading the epilogue, especially, I felt as if I'd read a few short stories and they were being tied up neatly for me by some editor, leaving very little room for excitement for the second installment. I think the epilogue could have been broken up into smaller pieces at the end of each of the four stories, and it would have blended seamlessly. The way it appears at the end feels jarring and anti-climatic.

    Overall, Infinite Sacrifice is not only a great read laced with committed characters and vivid scenery. As a huge fan of historical fiction, I'd recommend this novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2013

    Short

    First thing i noticed was as i turned the pages is ur missing a page at every new chapter....very annnoying. Love the take and views on heaven though. I have met many ppl over the years who believes this is what life and heaven truely are. With the sole eception of how short it is its a good read. Will get second book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    Very thought-provoking

    Very thought-provoking

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  • Posted August 27, 2014

    Thrilled with this series. However Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 in

    Thrilled with this series. However Book 1, Book 2 and Book 3 in the series have no completion. I understand there is a Book 4 that will be the final. But frustrating to buy each book thinking it will end with that book. To be continued...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2014

    Uniquely well written.

    I am not a believer in multiple lives but this writer presented same in an inviting manner. The epilogue is a reflection or interpretation of what transpired in the lives relived.

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    This was a fun and interesting read. The historical details were

    This was a fun and interesting read. The historical details were nicely researched, but the story was told in a straightforward manner. It read like a light historical fiction with some fantasy woven in.
    I enjoyed reading the book enough that I will buy the next one in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Loved it!

    This book is long, but according to the author of this book, so are our lives. Its a story about one womans soul and its many journeys. Intrresting to think that maybe this life now really isn't all there is..I love a book that makes me think. :)

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  • Posted May 12, 2014

    Interesting Read

    I really enjoy the concept of this book and the story kept me pretty engaged. The writing is enjoyable and I started the second book right away....always a good sign.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Buy this now!

    Ive written reviews for all books in the series, which says a lot since I do not have the patience to write a review. I need the fourth book to come out NOW!
    Very interesting past life regression story filled with history and deep thoughts on life's big questions. Why are we here and have we been here before? This is a story though. My reaction was to think, but I mostly enjoyed it as a beautiful tale.

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